Six recognised Charollais breeders with females forward for a breed sale at Skipton, met a buoyant trade with all averages up on the year in all sections.

Gimmers levelled at £579, up £63 on the year with ewes rising £77 to £472 and ewe lambs levelled at £431, up £119.

Dumfriesshire breeder, Ben Radley who runs the Loaningfoot flock from Georgetown, bought the lead priced lot at 1000gns. This was an in-lamb gimmer from Charles and Valerie Marwood and son Stephen’s Foulrice flock from Yorks. A daughter of the Dalby Mount Aloe son, Foulrice Osprey, out of a Wernfawr Jim-sired ewe, she sold carrying twins to Galtres Upper Class.

Kenton Foster’s Fosters flock from Garriston, Leyburn, saw two gimmers sell for 900gns with both in lamb to home-bred tups.

First was a Gwyndy-sired gimmer out of a Castellau-sired dam that stood third as a ewe lamb at last year’s Great Yorkshire Show. She changed hands carry twins to DB Roberts, of Shrewsbury, who also bought the second Fosters gimmer at 900gns. She is by Crogham Five Star, out of a Gwyndy-sired dam, and sold scanned for triplets.

Heading up to Duns, Berwickshire, the Royan family went to 750gns for a Fosters gimmer by Galtres Ramases which was part of last year’s show team. She sold carrying a single lamb.

Ewe lambs were topped at 620gns for the pen leader from Chris Crowther’s Shropshire-based Dudston flock, from Chirbury in the Vale of Montgomery. His best, by he Oakchurch Ruben son, Knockin Umptious, a brother of the high priced Knockin Shockin, out of a Lowereye Rioja-sired dam, sold locally to Skipton regular Robert Towers, who farms with his wife, Jackie, at Greenlands Farm, Ingleton.